Showing 21st century learning skills, MN FCCLA members can examine critical issues, develop communication skills, think critically and develop projects that benefit their communities.
Being the Lead State Agency for Global Youth Service Day, (GYSDAY) MN FCCLA has served as a cheerleader, communicator and encouraged FCCLA members, their peers and schools to be involved in service-learning. GYSDAY is Service Learning is a learning strategy that enabled youth to dig into issues, determine solutions, impact their communities and bring awareness, direct service or philanthropic efforts in their projects.
Partnering with Youth Service America, or YSA, MN FCCLA has impacted over 34,569 people in Minnesota this season with GYSDAY projects. YSA is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed “to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally.”
We know that the numbers only paint a picture of some of the involvement of MN FCCLA. From the 2015 MN FCCLA Service Projects Information from Service Parade data sheets we have learned that MN FCCLA chapters did direct service, raised awareness and funds for issues.
Direct Service projects-14858 impacted, 6282 participants, 470 youth involved
Philanthropic projects, 12000 impacted, 800 participants, 304 youth involved
Awareness projects, 6611 impacted, 3736 Participants, 318 youth involved.
- 31,426 impacted
- 10818 Participants
- 1092 Youth involved.
- Plus State conference project=1100 youth involved.
- Total youth involved 1092 plus 1100 =2192 total youth involved.
- Total Impact 34,569
How did our Lead State Agency role help us to increase youth’s capacity to serve?
- Some learning with service projects was specific to the topic of the effort.
- Some commented that: “I learned that most students spend too much on coffee and snacks.” “I learned it is fun to work with grades 6-8.”
- Many increased their appreciation for healthy lifestyles: “Eating healthy and active playing can help your heart and make you feel good.” “We increased health awareness.”
- Many expressed that they now feel more connected to community and can see the results of their efforts played out. “It is great to contribute to community.”
- “It is a great way to get everyone in the school and community involved in a common cause to help fund cancer victims and their families.” “It’s hard to get everyone involved.”
- “Always makes us feel like we are part of community when we give back to them in some way for the support they give to us.”
Direct Service Projects
- Intergenerational projects Kasson Mantorville, impacting over 5000.
- Community Outdoor recreation exercise area established and built- Kelliher, MN, To be featured on Natl Geographic TV show Cabin Fever, impacting 180 people to develop the site.
- Intergenerational notes to nursing home and elementary school gifts-Belgrade, MN. Amazing to see how a little time can brighten someone’s day.
- Blood Drive organization- Kenyon, MN, The youth have become the community organizers for this effort.
- Food Shelf Collections Dawson Boyd, MN
- School wide food collections and food baskets- Centennial HS, Circle Pines, MN
- Drama Driven, Theater for kids, Randolph, MN, Theater productions for families and children.
- Children’s Gifts- With Lions club, Tri County HS, Karlstad, MN
- Honoring Our Heros, Veterans Program, Fulda, MN, Youth have taken the lead to honor veterans in the community annually.
- Kids Against Hunger, Luverne, MN .Packaging dry foods for hunger relief.
- Winter Fun- Clothing for Assistance program, Spring Lake Park HS, Helping a county assistance program with winter clothing items.
- Philanthropic Projects
- KoMETS against Cancer, Kasson- Mantorville , Raising money for American Cancer Society.
- Red Out for American heart Assoc, Goodhue, MN , A school wide effort for heart healthiness.
- Someplace Safe, Wheaton, MN. , Assisting a domestic shelter.
- Pennies for Patients, Red Lake Falls, MN, Helping raise money for leukemia prevention.
- Push Back for a cause, Bloomington MN, Raising money and awareness of childhood hunger and teen homelessness.
- Awareness Projects
- Helping Hands for Tubman Center, Pine Island, MN,
- Tooth Monsters, Worthington, MN
- Karing For Kids, Herman, MN
- No Drinking for 9 Months, Pregnancy awareness, New Ulm, MN
- Helping Homeless Veterans, Norman County East,
- Heritage Exploration, Milaca, MN
- Seat Belts Save Lives, Fulda, MN
- Helping Our Heroes, Fulda, MN
- Jump Rope for Health, Pine Island Middle, MN
- To Post or Not to Post, Spring Lake Park, MN
- Weird Careers, Spring Lake Park, MN
- Red, Yellow, Green, The Teen Driving Scene, Spring Lake Park, MN
- Health Fair, Russell Tyler Ruthton, MN
- Reality Check, Spring Lake Park, MN
We know there were more, but congratulations on all of this effort for MN communities!